The Supreme Court closed the contempt plea case against Congress leader, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, after his apology but said that he should have been more careful.
The criminal contempt plea was filed against Mr. Gandhi by BJP MP, Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, for wrongly attributing 'chowkidar chor hai' remark to the top court in the Rafale case against the Prime Minister.
The CJI had reserved order on the then Congress President's plea to close criminal proceedings against him after he tendered an apology to the apex court.
During the hearing senior advocate and Ms. Lekhi's counsel, Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, argued that Mr. Gandhi should apologize to the public for wrongfully linking the top court in a political speech.
'Rahul Gandhi led the public astray by saying that the Supreme Court said 'chowkidar chor hai'. Hence, the court should pass an order asking Rahul Gandhi to apologise,' Mr. Rohatgi had argued in the court.
Mr. Gandhi used the slogan 'chowkidar chor hai' (security guard is a thief) in the elections to attack the Prime Minister in the context of the Rafale fighter deal.